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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Dec 7, 2012 10:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Alembic competed with US Navy subs for Macintosh amps!

final.ebook.cover.300x200.jpgRosie McGee is sharing stories and photographs from her new ebook, "Dancing with the Dead - A Photographic Memoir". Live-streamed last night on TRI, Rosie McGee had a discussion with an old friend, Dennis Leonard. Both of them worked at Alembic in the early days.

Rosie McGee was the dancing girl who often danced on stage with the band in their early years. Lots of cool GD stuff was covered in the 1964 - 1974 era. The program on TRI last night was 75 minutes. Rosie was Phil's g/f circa '66, '67, '68.

hey Mando, the co-host last night, Dennis Leonard, mentioned this "Alembic problem" they had with a shortage of Macintosh amps way back then (late 60s-ish, I think). Years later he found out that the military had a lot to do with this. So it turns out the US Navy had this submariner shit going on with Macintosh amps back then. At the same time Alembic was using Macintosh amps to build and maintain sound systems, our military was dragging miles of cables and speakers behind submarines. The US Navy was using Macintosh tube amps on our subs to drive sounds for the Ruskie submariners to think about. Did they ever play Dark Star, or was it just the usual "give me one ping" type of shit?

In the cowboy-era at Mickey's ranch, Rosie said the band was hired to play a band of horse-riding musicians in a film named Zacharia (sp?). In one scene, Jerry was getting back onto a horse, but he was on the wrong side of the horse. As a result, he pulled the saddle off and the horse knocked him down onto a rock. Jerry broke a rib. He never went to doctor. He never told anybody about it. Several years ago Mountain Girl told this story to Rosie.

Rosie has some great photos, including the only rare photos of Bear, and an early photo of Ron Wickersham. Her ebook has 200 photos. (NOTE: You do NOT need a Kindle, iPad, Nook, etc. You can download and read on your Mac or PC with free Kindle e-reader app from Amazon.)

Rosie McGee's website

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Poster: user unknown Date: Dec 7, 2012 1:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Alembic competed with US Navy subs for Macintosh amps!

Rosie's book is definitely a good read and lots of really nice pix(purportedly never before seen and I can't dispute that...they were "new" to me)

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 10, 2012 2:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Zachariah question

That movie has some great stuff with Country Joe and the Fish in it. What happened to the Dead footage? Did they just not shoot it or not use it?

Here's CJ and the Fish aka the " crackers"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDgw9H64dXE

Dont know why there isnt footage for this song. Great tune! Listen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7A1hsGE0AQ

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Dec 7, 2012 11:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Alembic competed with US Navy subs for Macintosh amps!

I was 8 and don't remember much except that I liked Hostess Twinkies and now they're gone.

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Dec 7, 2012 5:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Alembic competed with US Navy subs for Macintosh amps!

slight correction...

At the same time Alembic was needing more Macintosh amps to build sound systems for early orders from Jack Cassidy and Phil Lesh, our military called Alembic, spoke to Rosie McGee on the phone, and asked her if it was okay if they could get more Macintosh amps for their uses, first. Dennis Leonard claims he remembers Rosie coming out of her office right after the phone call and telling him this shit.

It turns out that US Navy subs had been dragging miles of cables and speakers behind them to emulate the sounds of Rooskie submariners. They were using Macintosh tube amps on these subs to drive Rooskie sounds so our Navy's attack submariners could practice chasing them.

Here is the audio of this story told by Dennis Leonard last night • http://archive.org/download/bear-gans1991-01-13/blowing_up_Alembic.mp3 - 1:09 mp3

We know that Nixon used Jerry's image as Captain Trips in his 1968 presidential campaign's TV commercial. Nixon for American Youth 1968 is the one-minute Nixon campaign commercial showing Jerry at the 12-second mark • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu-FBinGck8

Did you guys or Jack and Phil ever realize that at about the same time Nixon televised that image of Jerry, Alembic deferred some of Jack and Phil's Macintosh 3500 amplifier shipments to the Navy so they could use them on a few submarines for war-games instead? I never heard this stuff before now.

Is Ron Wickersham's portrait hanging anywhere on the walls inside the Naval Academy? Does Phish or SCI or DSO or their crews make sacrifices to our government like GD and their crews did?

This post was modified by Monte B Cowboy on 2012-12-08 01:34:55

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Dec 7, 2012 3:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Alembic competed with US Navy subs for Macintosh amps!

They'll come back. IBC is probably going to sell off the products to the highest bidder, or at the very least license other companies to produce their products; the same way Pabst is nothing more than a holding company that contracts all of their numerous beer brands to other breweries.

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Poster: high flow Date: Dec 7, 2012 1:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Alembic competed with US Navy subs for Macintosh amps!

Hard to believe Twinkies go belly-up the same year 2 states legalize recreational marijuana. If they could have just held on a few months longer!

This post was modified by high flow on 2012-12-07 21:25:20

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Poster: user unknown Date: Dec 7, 2012 1:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Alembic competed with US Navy subs for Macintosh amps!

They still make Fritos. Crunch all you want, they'll make more. At least, that's what Jay said.

This post was modified by user unknown on 2012-12-07 21:27:33

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Dec 8, 2012 4:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Alembic competed with US Navy subs for Macintosh amps!

Is she the girl seen dancing on stage in the GD movie??

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Dec 8, 2012 5:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Alembic competed with US Navy subs for Macintosh amps!

"The GD movie?" - I don't believe I've seen this movie, but...

I have to say, in my village-idiot opinion, Rosie McGee is one very, very cool lady. She has some incredible stories to tell about 1964 - 1974. Her photos are vintage and timeless. And there are videos of her dancin' on stage with the Dead in the '60s. She also worked for Alembic and "did everything" there. Not to mention, Rosie was Phil's girlfriend in the mid '60s. This puts the icing on the cake for me. I am very impressed by Rosie McGee and her involvement with my favorite pastime.

Thank You, Rosie McGee!

GD dancer Rosie McGee European Tour 1972 • Tivolis Koncertsal • Copenhagen, Denmark • April 17, 1972 is a one-minute movie excerpt I created, mp4

Monte's OMSN dancing girl is Rob's IA thread about Rosie, including comments by Rosie McGee.

Who is this GD-dancer girl dancing on stage on April 17, 1972? is my IA thread asking the original question one year ago, "who is the dancing girl?"

Rosie McGee European Tour 1972 • Tivolis Koncertsal • Copenhagen, Denmark • April 17, 1972
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